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|1. Hit The Lights|
|2. The Four Horsemen|
|4. Jump In The Fire|
|5. (Anaesthesia) Pulling Teath|
|7. Phantom Lord|
|8. No Remorse|
|9. Seek & Destroy|
|10. Metal Militia|
A great thrash album that introduced Metallica and although it may not be as sophisticated or well timed as later albums it is still a amazing record and one that any metal fan should own.
Track by Track;
1. Hit The Lights (Hetfield / Ulrich); A great first track about Metallica and their fans. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" included this song and it was the opener song for Metallica's early live shows.
2. The Four Horsemen (Hetfield / Ulrich / Mustaine); Another great track and personally one of my favourites on the album. Great riffs all the way through with some great solos from Kirk. The former version of the song "The Four Horsemen" - "The Mechanix" appeared on Metallica's first demo tape "No Life 'Till Leather". Has almost always been a fixed part of the live show before the release of the "... And Justice For All" album. It is still a fixed part of a 'Kill medley'.
3. Motorbreath (Hetfield); The shortest song on the album not much over three minutes but still one that Metallica play on many of their live sets. The song writing to "Motorbreath" was solely done by James. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" also included this song.
4. Jump In The Fire (Hetfield / Ulrich / Mustaine) ; Jump in the Fire" was Metallica's second LP - single. Its cover shows a laughing demon who's lurking in hell. This demon can be seen as a "Whiplash" sticker on Jaymz's white Gibson Explorer. Their first demo "No Life 'Till Leather" included this song.... Read more ›
"Kill Em All" is a much more straightforward album than the bands later classics such as "Master Of Puppets". Whereaes those songs were epics, with complex song structures and changes in tempo, the songs on "Kill Em All" blaze past. A few of these tracks, such as "Seek & Destroy" and "Whiplash", have since become both live favourites and metal classics. The guitars are loud and fast, the drums are fast and heavy, and the lyrics are simple. This is not a Manowar record.
The album contains none of the complexities of there mid/late '80s work, nor does it contain the radio friendly pop hooks of their '90s work. It unique in the Metallica back catalogue, it is the most punkrock thing they ever did. In fact, the nearest thing they have done to this is their cover of "So What".
The only reason for the 4 star rating can be summed up in 2 words: bad production. It sounds like it was recorded in a shed, but then again it was their debut and so hadnt got enough money to record it properly. Actually, if they had re-recorded it with Bob Rock and given it the muscle of "Master" or "The Black Album", it would have been much better than the extremely dissappointing "Saint Anger" album.
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